CrossCountry is one of only two franchise train operators that do not operate stations, the other is Caledonian Sleeper. All routes call or stop at Birmingham New Street. One of the franchise commitments was the acquisition of ten 43-series and 40-mark 3 railcars. Midland Mainline had six 43-series railcars and 14 Mark 3 cars that were not leased as of November 2007. The other four autorails in the 43 series were ex Virgin CrossCountry examples in different states of degradation.  While the cars were five old Virgin CrossCountry Mark 3 cars and 21 ex Virgin Trains West Coast locomotives, the mark 3B cars were transported. Most have been in stock a few years at Long Marston.  The department will review responses to CrossCountry`s public consultation in the development of future options for the franchise. These EMAs apply to all franchises currently leased by the Department of Transportation, with the exception of LNER and Northern which are already in public possession. Franchises leased by the Welsh Transport for Wales Rail Government, TfL Rail or London Overground leased by Transport for Wales Rail or Merseytravel Merseytravel Merseyrail contract – Initially renewed until December 2016.  A tender was scheduled for the next franchise in October 2018, but in September 2018, the competition was cancelled to incorporate the report`s recommendations into the franchise system.
 In July 2019, the Direct Price franchise was extended by one year (13 rail reference periods) until October 2020[ but in September 2020, it was announced that the emergency agreements with rail operators introduced as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic in the United Kingdom should be extended by 18 months and that all passenger train franchising measures should be abandoned in the United Kingdom.  In October 2020, the DfT confirmed that the franchise has been renewed for a further three-year period to be ready in October 2023.  All other franchise competitions and Live Rail projects will continue as planned.